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Mourners at Chicago funeral remember soldier slain overseas

Aug. 14, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Hundreds of mourners attended the funeral for a 24-year-old soldier from Chicago who was killed in Afghanistan just weeks into his first overseas tour. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker were among those who streamed past Spc. Michael Isaiah Nance's open casket...

Gang database made up mostly of young black, Latino men

Jul. 30, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Boston police are tracking nearly 5,000 people — almost all of them young black and Latino men — through a secretive gang database, newly released data from the department shows. A summary provided by the department shows that 66% of those in its database are black, 24% are...

Segregation among issues Chicago faces 100 years after riots

Jul. 24, 2019 2:19 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — On a hot July day in 1919, a black 17-year-old swimming in Lake Michigan drifted in a dangerous direction — toward the white section of a Chicago beach. White beachgoers, angry at Eugene Williams' intrusion, hurled rocks at him. One struck him in the head, and he drowned. And so began...

Police: Security officer's gunshot warning caused stampede

Jul. 5, 2019 5:01 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A stampede at a Fourth of July fireworks display that injured more than a dozen people at Chicago's Navy Pier started when a private security officer shouted for bystanders to take cover, police said Friday. Chicago police spokeswoman Kellie Bartoli said "approximately 13" people who fell or...

Chicago boosts police presence to tamp down July 4 violence

Jul. 3, 2019 3:53 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's police department is following a familiar playbook for the July 4 holiday by flooding the street with officers and arresting dozens of people on drugs and weapons charges in the hopes of keeping them locked up during what is typically one of the most violent weekends of the year....

7 arrested in vandalism of Chicago's 'Bean,' memorial garden

Jul. 2, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Charges were pending Tuesday against seven people suspected of spray-painting graffiti on two downtown Chicago landmarks including the popular giant metallic sculpture known as "The Bean," police said. The sculpture in Millennium Park was vandalized late Monday and the suspects were arrested...

Epic! New York's Pride parade lasted over 12 hours

Jul. 1, 2019 9:39 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Crowds and rainbow colors filled New York City streets for possibly the largest parade in the history of the gay rights movement, a dazzling celebration marking the 50th anniversary of the infamous police raid on the Stonewall Inn. New York's Pride march, which involved an estimated 150,000...

The Latest: San Francisco parade halted by protest of police

Jul. 1, 2019 3:26 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on parades and marches throughout the country celebrating Pride (all times local): 6:55 p.m. The San Francisco parade was stopped for nearly an hour when demonstrators linked arms in the street to protest police presence at the march. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday...

NYC pride parade is one of largest in movement's history

Jun. 30, 2019 10:07 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Exuberant crowds carrying rainbow colors filled New York City streets Sunday for one of the largest pride parades in the history of the gay-rights movement, a dazzling celebration of the 50th anniversary of the infamous police raid on the Stonewall Inn. Marchers and onlookers took over much...

Mayor calls out worker accused of spitting on Eric Trump

Jun. 27, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Democratic Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has condemned a cocktail lounge employee who Eric Trump says spit on him. Lightfoot said Thursday she had spoken to Trump, the son of Republican President Donald Trump, and that it was "very gracious of him" not to press charges after the incident...